Ubuntu on ASUS EEE PC 1025CE

The ASUS 1025CE EEE PC has a cedarview Atom processor (N2800), 1 GB RAM, and the Intel GMA 3650 graphic chip.

Currently, the graphics chip is not well supported in linux. However it is possible to have a working system including smooth playback of 720p videos.

The following method worked for me:

  1. Install Xubuntu 12.04. I tried 12.10 first, but it didn’t work out for me despite the fact that it includes the newer gma500_gfx driver
  2. Boot your OS and fully update it. You may have to update twice. When update is done, reboot.
  3. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sarvatt/cedarview
  4. sudo apt-get install add-apt-key
  5. sudo apt-get install cedarview-drm libva-cedarview-vaapi-driver cedarview-graphics-drivers
  6. sudo apt-get install gdm # The default login manager lightdm, didn’t start on my system
  7. sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm # pick gdm as default
  8. Reboot your system.

On the 1025CE I tested audio, wifi, graphics including video acceleration, and suspend functionality.

Linux is a lot lighter on the RAM (~600MB free) than windows (~100MB free). This results in a smoother experience and more possibilities to run demanding apps.

Reference: http://askubuntu.com/questions/168986/cedar-view-drivers-arent-working

Friday, April 5th, 2013 Uncategorized

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